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Chingawassa Days packs weekend with events

Chingawassa Days starts Friday evening in Marion and concludes with a church service on Sunday. This year’s festival includes both old and new events and activities.

All events are in Central Park unless otherwise noted.


  • Community barbecue, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
  • Ice cream social, 6:30 p.m..
  • Concert by 7 Bridges Road, an Eagles tribute band, 7 p.m.
  • Concert by Last Child, an Aerosmith tribute band, after 7 Bridges Road.


  • Pancake feed, 7 to 10 a.m.
  • Rhino Run 5-kilometer run and 2-mile run/walk, 8 a.m.
  • Horseshoe pitching tournament, 8 to 11 a.m. with registration at 7:30 a.m.
  • Kansas Anvil Shooters, 8:30 a.m. and noon at the south end of the park.
  • Marion’s Amazing Race, starting at 9 a.m. on Main Street and finishing at 10 a.m. in the park.
  • Wild Women of the Frontier, 9 a.m. on Main Street and 1:15 p.m. in the park.
  • Bed Races, 9 a.m. on Main Street.
  • Dinky Duck Race, 9:45 a.m. at the park fountain.
  • Chain saw art carving demonstration, 10 and 11:45 a.m. at the southwest corner of the park.
  • Portable Pets petting zoo, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • “Kid Zone” inflatables, 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Magical entertainer Bob Phillips, 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the gazebo stage and strolling at 11:30 a.m.
  • Heads/tails game, 11 a.m.
  • Kendall Gammon, former Kansas City Chiefs Pro-Bowl longsnapper and current radio broadcaster, 11:15 a.m. on the gazebo stage.
  • Texas hold’em tournament, starting at noon in the yellow tent. Registration begins at 11 a.m.; limited to the first 100 participants.
  • Three-on-three basketball starting 12:15 p.m. Registration closes at 11 a.m.
  • Rock, paper, scissors tournament, 12:30 p.m. on the gazebo stage.
  • Sunflower Stompers cloggers, 12:45 p.m.
  • Frozen T-shirt contest, 1:45 p.m.
  • Watermelon feed, 2 p.m. in the blue tent.
  • Tug-of-war tournament for three-person teams, 2:15 p.m.
  • Rhino sculpting contest, 2:15 p.m. at the south picnic tables.
  • Bingo, 2:30 p.m. in the blue tent.
  • Gladiator grudge matches, 3 p.m.
  • Arm wrestling tournament, 3 p.m.

Central Park closes to day passes at 4:15 p.m. A Chingawassa Days button will be required for admittance after 4:15.

  • Performance by Andrew Kjellin, 5:30 p.m. on the main stage.
  • Concert by Clearview, 6:30 p.m. on the main stage.
  • Chain saw art auction, 7:45 p.m. on the main stage.
  • Concert by Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, 9 p.m. on the main stage.


Community church service with speaker Joe White, 10:30 a.m. at the USD 408 Performing Arts Center.

Great Kansas Antique Tractor Ride and Rhino Roast, 2:30 p.m.

Last modified May 30, 2012